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About taiwangirl

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  1. taiwangirl

    What's your cost of living here in Thailand?

    A bit of a different perspective from a single female living in the downtown BKK. I have not track my monthly expenses super hard, but I think it is some where between 80,000 to 100,000 baht per month. Housing is about 30,000. This is for a one bedroom (newish) condo near the Thong Lor area. For me, I wanted a nice place, nice pool attached, has a fitness center, kind of close to BTS, secure, etc. I know this is quite high, but is worth it for me. I am not a big drinker, but do like to go out with friends sometimes during the weekends. Street restaurants are very good, and I can cook okay, but I also like to go out to nicer restaurants once in a while. I do not have a car, and use public transport quite often, but if I am in a out of the way place, or late at night, I will call a car driver I know, and that is obviously more than BTS. I travel back home or other places when I can. Some are paid for, but others I have to pay myself. So, travel can be expensive. I don't want to take a 12 hour bus ride somewhere. I would rather pay the extra for the plane. I am sure I could reduce if needed, but so far, this works for me, and reduction is not yet necessary.
  2. taiwangirl

    Good areas to live in and around Bangkok

    I stay in the Thong Lor area. About 25000 for a one bedroom condo with pool, gym, etc. (probably about 60-65 m2) For me, it works very well. The condo is on a sub soi of Thong Lor, so close but away from the noise. The down part is that it is about 1-1.5 km from the BTS stop, so it can be a hot walk, though there are moto taxis, regular taxis, and a baht bus that runs up and down Thong Lor. I really like the condo, but would like to be a bit closer to BTS station.
  3. taiwangirl

    airbnb, first experience not so good! beware

    What kind of lame reply is that ? We choose AirBNB to live in an apartment , with kitchen, maybe cook our own food. And it can be more expensive than hotels. A nice condo with swimming pool and gym , cheaper than a 3 star hotel. Got nothing to do with being a CC. Agree with this. I have made AirBnB reservations in BKK a couple of times for friends and they have always enjoyed the stay. Read the listing carefully, look at reviews, etc. Always nice to have a bit of room to spread out, cook inside, etc. Also one time rented a short stay house south of Hua His (though on Homeaway, and not AirBnB). If you do your homework (and it helps if you are familiar with the general location of the rental), most of the time it will turn out okay.
  4. I know this may be a bit late, but if you are willing to pay, AOT is a good option. I have used them when I have a very odd hour flight to the airport, and they are always waiting for me, A/C car, good driver, etc. Not so cheap, but in certain cases, it is worth it.